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Space Needle Tours and Activities

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Seattle’s Space Needle, one of the Pacific Northwest’s most distinctive icons, rises 605 feet (184 meters) above the city. What was the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River at the time of its construction—built for the 1962 World’s Fair—the tower features a rotating restaurant and an observation deck at 520 feet (158 meters) with 360-degree panoramic views over Seattle and its surroundings.

The Basics
The Space Needle is a must-do for first-time visitors to Seattle. Book Space Needle observation deck admission to ascend to the flying saucer–esque top in the high-speed elevator, which zips to the sky-high viewing area in just 43 seconds. The sweeping view includes downtown Seattle, and on clear days, it’s possible to look out to Lake Union, Mt. Rainier, and the Olympic Mountains all the way across the Puget Sound. A visit to this Seattle staple is included on many city sightseeing tours, some of which also head to Pike Place Market. For a real treat, reserve a table for dinner at the SkyCity at the Needle restaurant, which revolves over downtown Seattle, completing one full rotation per hour.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Be sure to book admission tickets in advance to avoid waiting in long ticket lines.
  • At the observation deck, check out the interpretive displays, which identify more than 60 activities in the Seattle area.
  • Dinner at SkyCity includes admission to the observation deck.
  • All bags are suggest to search prior to entry.

How to Get There
The Space Needle is located in the Seattle Center cultural and entertainment park, just northwest of downtown. The complex also houses Chihuly Garden and Glass, Experience Music Project (EMP), the Science Fiction Museum, the Pacific Science Center, the Seattle Children’s Museum, and the Seattle Children’s Theatre. You can get to the Space Needle by bus or monorail, and the site offers valet parking.

When to Get There
The Space Needle is open year-round and daily from 10am to 8pm. The site is most crowded on weekends and around sunset, when visitors are afforded prime lighting for the panoramic skyline views. The skiest tend to be clearest during spring and summer.

The Wheedle on the Needle
The 1974 children’s book “Wheedle on the Needle” tells the tale of a large, round, furry creature called the Wheedle who lived in Washington state. Bothered by the whistling of workers first settling the city of Seattle, the grumpy Wheedle moved to Mt. Rainier to escape the noise (though it eventually followed him there). In an effort to silence the noise, the Wheedle gathered clouds in a large sack, returned to Seattle, climbed up the Space Needle, and threw them into the sky to make it rain. The Wheedle has since become a Seattle fixture, even acting as the mascot to the Seattle SuperSonics NBA team before they moved to Oklahoma City.
Address: 400 Broad Street, Seattle, Washington 98109, USA
Hours: Mon-Sun: 10am-8pm
Admission: Adults: US $26
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Seattle CityPASS

Seattle CityPASS

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Experience Seattle’s must-see tourist attractions — and enjoy considerable savings — on this exciting Seattle CityPASS. Visit the world famous Space Needle, Seattle Aquarium, Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), Woodland Park Zoo, and Chihuly Garden and Glass. CityPASS mobile tickets are valid for 1 year from the date of purchase. Transportation to and from attractions not included.
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  • 9 days
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Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour

Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour

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Seattle is famous for its bustling waterfront, numerous green spaces, and historic neighborhoods. Ideal for first-time visitors, this sightseeing tour provides an overview of top attractions such as Pioneer Square, the Space Needle, and Pike Place market. Sit back and relax while your guide provides historical and cultural background for each destination, and enjoy stops to walk and take photos.
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  • 3 hours
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$79.00
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Seattle Harbor Cruise

Seattle Harbor Cruise

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Enjoy the sights and sounds of Seattle from Elliot Bay and Seattle Harbor on this narrated cruise. Learn about Seattle’s historic waterfront and get an up-close look at one of the world's largest shipping terminals. Take in the view of the city’s skyline with a spectacular panoramic background of the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges, including majestic Mt. Rainier. Food and beverages are available for purchase onboard the ship.
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  • 1 hour
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4-Hour Seattle City Tour

4-Hour Seattle City Tour

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It might seem a little bit intimidating exploring one of the largest cities in Washington and the Pacific Northwest region all on your own, but there’s no need to stress. This 4-hour guided tour helps you conquer all the hot spots of Seattle, including the Space Needle, China Town, and T-Mobile Park. Your guide knows all the quickest ways around, so you can see more in less time.  
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  • 4 hours
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Seattle Highlights Sightseeing Tour

Seattle Highlights Sightseeing Tour

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Check out Seattle’s latest attractions and hip culture on this 1.5-hour, guided sightseeing tour around the city. Drive by must-see sites like popular Pike Place Market, historic Pioneer Square and the iconic Space Needle. See Kurt Cobain’s former home as well as a certain floating house from the movie 'Sleepless in Seattle.' With lively narration and some of Seattle’s best music playing, this is sure to be a tour that is both educational and entertaining. Transportation by minibus. Hotel pickup is included for customers staying at downtown Seattle hotels, South Lake Union area hotels, or university area hotels.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$42.00
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Seattle's Favorite Sightseeing and Cocktail Cruise

Seattle's Favorite Sightseeing and Cocktail Cruise

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Enjoy the sights and sounds of Seattle from the water on this comfortable, 2-hour, cocktail cruise along Lake Union. Watch seaplane arrivals and departures and see landmark Seattle locations like the iconic Space Needle, Seattle Great Wheel, the Fremont Bridge, Gas Works Park, the University of Washington and much more — plus a plethora of floating homes, including the one from the popular movie ‘Sleepless in Seattle.’ Choose from a morning, midday, afternoon or evening cruise. The first round of drinks is included.
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  • 2 hours
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20-Minute Greater Seattle Scenic Airplane Tour

20-Minute Greater Seattle Scenic Airplane Tour

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Explore the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges, plus the city of Seattle and Puget Sound, on an exhilarating seaplane adventure in the Pacific Northwest. This narrated, small-group, hybrid air-water Seattle seaplane tour includes stunning bird’s-eye views of the Emerald City’s skyline, featuring the iconic Space Needle, the Seattle Great Wheel Ferris wheel and much more. Also, see Lake Washington, the University of Washington, plus the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges along with majestic Mt. Rainier, the highest peak in the range.
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  • 20 minutes
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Pre-Cruise Tour: Transportation & Seattle City Tour

Pre-Cruise Tour: Transportation & Seattle City Tour

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Waiting to take off on a cruise? Get to know the beautiful city of Seattle on a small-group guided sightseeing tour around town. Hop in a mini-coach and enjoy a relaxing ride to the city’s most popular attractions, like the iconic Space Needle, Pike Place Market, and many more, including a great view of Mt. Rainier. Hotel pickup and port drop-off are included. Luggage will be safely stowed during the tour, and a timely return to the cruise port is guaranteed.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Tour: Seattle Highlights

Private Tour: Seattle Highlights

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See the best of Seattle on this private, 3-hour, sightseeing tour. Pick and choose the sites and attractions with the most appeal and let an expert guide lead the way. Consider the many options: the iconic Space Needle, the famous Pike Place Market and the Elliott Bay waterfront. How about Pioneer Square, the birthplace of Seattle, or the Ballard Locks? Get sweeping views of Puget Sound and Mt Rainier. This customizable tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 3 hours
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Seattle in One Day: Sightseeing Tour including Space Needle and Pike Place Market

Seattle in One Day: Sightseeing Tour including Space Needle and Pike Place Market

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See the best of Seattle on this sightseeing tour. Sit back and relax in a spacious coach as a knowledgeable guide presents Seattle’s neighborhoods and attractions. See the iconic Space Needle (admission included) with stellar views of the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges, including majestic Mt Rainier. There’s Pike Place Market and the Elliott Bay waterfront, plus Pioneer Square. The list goes on. This tour includes convenient hotel pickup.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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$148.00
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City Sightseeing Seattle Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Seattle Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Visit top sights and neighborhoods with 1- or 2-day tickets for a hop-on hop-off Seattle bus tour. Without the hassle and expense of parking in some of the city’s busiest areas, you can simply enjoy the view from the double-decker, open-top bus, hopping off to visit the Space Needle, Chinatown, Pike Place Market, waterfront piers, and more, while listening to interesting facts and background on each place you pass.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
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Private 3-Hour Seattle City Tour

Private 3-Hour Seattle City Tour

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Get to know the landscape of Seattle on a private sightseeing tour that provides an introduction to the city--great for the start of your stay. Traveling in a Suburban (avoid the bus tours), you'll pass by Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, and other major attractions across seven neighborhoods. Along the way, stop for photo ops and learn about local history.
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  • 3 hours
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Seattle Shore Excursion: Private City Tour

Seattle Shore Excursion: Private City Tour

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See Seattle like a local on a private shore excursion that takes in all the highlights of this famous Northwest city. While your ship is in port, take private transport to must-see locales such as the Chinatown-International District, Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, the Ballard Locks and Queen Anne Hill. The 3-hour tour includes stops to explore Seattle’s food, shopping and entertainment. You can even get out to view Puget Sound, Mt Rainier and the Olympic Mountains from the top of the Space Needle (own expense).
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  • 3 hours
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Private Seattle Sightseeing and Cocktail Cruise

Private Seattle Sightseeing and Cocktail Cruise

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Cruise Lake Union to see Seattle's best sights from the water while sipping your favorite cocktail on this private cruise. Enjoy personalized attention from the staff and captain for your private group as you make your way past famous sights such as the Fremont Bridge, the Space Needle, and St. Mark's Cathedral. Bring a picnic or food from a favorite restaurant to munch on while you travel. This family-friendly cruise welcomes all ages.
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  • 2 hours
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Seattle Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Seattle Scavenger Hunt Adventure

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Seattle is a town ripe for discovery and this invigorating smartphone-guided scavenger hunt is a novel and invigorating way to explore the Emerald City. The 3-hour event force you to solve clues and navigate the city streets, all while taking in the overlooked cultural gems of the city and learning some local history. Note: Pricing is per individual but teams must book together to be in same adventure.
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Scenic Seattle Panoramic Tour

Scenic Seattle Panoramic Tour

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On this tour you will experience why Seattle came to be known as the “Emerald City”. The Scenic Seattle tour provides views of lakes, locks, mountains, and forest vistas, all without leaving Seattle's city limits.
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Night Tour of Seattle

Night Tour of Seattle

Hear wonderful stories and anecdotes about the Emerald City from your knowledgeable and entertaining narrator as you explore Seattle’s many interesting and diverse neighborhoods including popular points of interest from Alki Beach to Queen Ann Hill. As the sun sets over the Olympic mountain range, take in Seattle’s most popular vista points with incredible views of the Emerald City skyline during this two-hour, live-guided night tour. Return home with unforgettable images etched in your mind of Elliot Bay, the Puget Sound, and the surrounding mountain ranges.
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  • 2 hours
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Lonely Planet Experience: Seattle Private Walking Tour Best of Pacific Northwest

Lonely Planet Experience: Seattle Private Walking Tour Best of Pacific Northwest

With stunning Puget Sound and Mt. Rainier as a backdrop, this private walking tour of Seattle offers so much more than the Pike Place Market and the Space Needle. Begin at Seattle’s Elliott Bay, where ferries run all day, with a stroll along its picturesque waterfront. Immerse yourself in the bustling Pike Place Market, where your guide will offer an orientation into its incredible food scene. Mix with the locals and enjoy a bite of whatever suits your fancy. Delight in the lower Queen Anne neighbourhood, with its impressive collection of historic homes. See glassblowers practicing their craft at Chihuly Gardens at the Seattle Centre. Learn about the impact the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has on the community in Seattle, with a stroll around its public campus. Finish the tour at the iconic Space Needle, with admission to the famous World’s Fair landmark, with sweeping views of the entire city and the surrounding area at the top.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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San Juan Islands Seaplane Tour from Lake Washington

San Juan Islands Seaplane Tour from Lake Washington

Soar over Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca on a scenic seaplane flight from Lake Washington. Big aerial views take in the impressive scale of the San Juan Islands, and you’ll get a unique perspective on the Seattle skyline during the return flight to Lake Washington; bring a camera to capture shots of the city and coastline from above.
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Seattle Locks Cruise

Seattle Locks Cruise

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Pass through the renowned Ballard Locks and learn about the complex system on a cruise that transports you between the freshwater of Lake Union and the saltwater of Puget Sound. The one-way cruise can be used as transportation, making it ideal for travelers who want to avoid traffic and enjoy a unique journey from the Seattle waterfront to the AGC Marina on South Lake Union (or vice versa).
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  • 2 hours
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Seattle Private Tours with a Local: Highlights & Hidden Gems, Personalized ★★★★★

Seattle Private Tours with a Local: Highlights & Hidden Gems, Personalized ★★★★★

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Join a local Seattle guide for a fully personalized, private tour that’s designed just for you. With half a day to explore alongside a guide who shares your interests, you can search for the perfect cup of coffee, discover funky neighborhoods, or browse unique shops, skipping group tours' more generic itineraries for a curated experience and local perspective.
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  • 4 hours
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Must See Seattle Full Day Walking Tour

Must See Seattle Full Day Walking Tour

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With just one day to experience Seattle, this private tour lets you explore at your own pace and benefit from the undivided attention of a local guide. See top attractions such as the Space Needle, Pacific Science Centre, and Pioneer Square; browse the stalls at the famous Pike Place Market; and explore local neighborhoods like Chinatown and Capitol Hill.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$181.51
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San Juan Islands Seaplane Flight & Hiking Adventure Tour from Seattle

San Juan Islands Seaplane Flight & Hiking Adventure Tour from Seattle

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On this full-day air and land adventure, soar over Seattle and Puget Sound in a private seaplane to the wild outer San Juan Islands. Your guide will lead you on a 1-1.5-hour excursion over forested trails, along wild beaches above rugged cliffs that ring the island. During the hike, you’ll learn about the area's natural history and your guide will show you the best photo spots. As we go, we’ll keep an eye out for wildlife. We frequently spot bald eagles, harbor seals, sea lions, and harbor porpoises. Enjoy a delicious picnic and drinks before flying back to Seattle for flyby of the waterfront and the Space Needle. -Escape to wild outer San Juan Islands on a 1 hour 40 minutes round-trip seaplane flight. -Land at a beach and explore the island on a guided naturalist hike. -Indulge in a delicious chef-prepared picnic lunch amidst the island’s beauty. -Fly by the Seattle waterfront, Lake Union, and the Space Needle.
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Full-Day Private Seattle Tour, Snoqualmie Falls & Wine Tasting, up to 12 Guests

Full-Day Private Seattle Tour, Snoqualmie Falls & Wine Tasting, up to 12 Guests

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Combine the best elements of Seattle's sightseeing offerings in a single day during this private tour. You and your party of up to 14 people will enjoy personalized attention from your guide and the ability to tour at your own pace. Check off some of the most important area sights from your must-do list: Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, Lake Union, the Chihuly Glass Museum, Snoqualmie Falls, and a local winery for a tasting.
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  • 8 hours
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Space Needle hours of operation?
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Space Needle hours of operation: Mon-Sun: 10am-8pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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